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Demonstration in Lima, Peru

Peru: Discriminatory Labor Law Repealed

LIMA, Peru—In a major victory for young workers, on January 26, 2015, the Peruvian Congress repealed its own Youth Labor Regime, Law No. 30288, best known locally as the “Ley Pulpín” or “Squid Law” in English, a reference to the stranglehold many-armed corporations have on labor and particularly young labor. This Law, which went into effect on […]

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Picture of Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo (a poem)

Frida Kahlo In a chronicle of pain the child’s leg dwindles with polio. A streetcar crushes nerves and bones. And Frida, born of revolution recreates her life again and again. She wears flowers and embroidered silks, jewelry of sky or thorns or severed hands. She braids her long hair. Diego looms larger than life, and […]

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Trial Begins for Indigenous Protesters in Peru

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN After five years of bureaucratic delays and internal contradictions in the Peruvian judiciary system, the trial of 53 protesters in the northern Peruvian jungle town of Bagua has begun. The indigenous protesters, opposed to a dozen decree laws that truncated indigenous territorial rights that had been promulgated by then President Alan García. […]

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A View from the South: Protests in Peru

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN Thousands of Peruvians participated in a popular anti-government protest on July 27th, the day before Peruvian Independence Day, in Lima and also in numerous provincial cities.  They were repressed by national police using tear gas and water cannons, and dozens were arrested.  This was the largest anti-Government protest in Peru for more than a […]

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